The Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) – a network of 400 members across 70 countries – has urged food companies to simplify food date labels by 2020 in an effort to reduce consumers’ confusion related to “used/sell by” dates, and to prevent food waste.Read More
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The U.S. Department of Agriculture – USDA is often confused with the Food and Drug Administration –FDA, due to some similar regulations such as product’s traceability and safety. However, there are some major differences to be highlighted between the two.
If you have already sold products in the United States, you must know that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates all products containing more than one ingredient. FDA is the authority on product regulations for the internal and external safety of their consumers. They set up rules and make sure they are respected for all products sold within the United States of America and exported abroad.
The language as well and governmental barriers of each country has made it difficult to internationalise products. In the past years, however, there has been a large worldwide mobilisation to improve labeling for consumers. Download Lascom’s White Paper here, to learn how to internationalise with ease.
At first, food was hunted for but as societies developed people bought from a nearby market and after the industrial revolution and a new form of living people had to buy their food in impersonal superstores where there were aisles and aisles of food from all over the country and all over the world.
People at the time of trading and local markets certainly did not think to wonder about what it was they were eating because they trusted the people they bought the food from.
Today’s society is characterized by competition, regulation, and demands. With the ever changing economy and internationalization, the pressure on prices continues to increase and this is no different for the food industry.
The Agro-Food companies face several challenges:
•A complex network of collaborators and suppliers
•Managing a large Amount of complex data from import and export to prices and marketing
•Controlling the risks of an ever accelerating product development in order to conform to regulations across countries and maintain trace ability
For instance, mislabeled allergens are one of the most common recalls and can have consequences if not properly controlled. While 90% of allergic reactions can be attributed to 8 types of food—eggs, milk, peanuts, nuts, fish, shellfish, wheat and soy—there are other less common allergens that consumers are concerned with.Read More
Ensuring food safety is a shared responsibility between governments, producers, industry and consumers. Food labeling is one way in which consumers can get knowledge about the food they consider buying.
In the past, nutritional labels were only required on grocery food items. But last year, this requirement was extended to restaurants and food sold outlets and vending machines in the U.S.Read More
Consider the new regulation as an opportunity.
Consumers increase their level of information. This Regulation protects consumer health by establishing common rules on food information. Consumer information is enhanced and reinforced by making nutrition labeling mandatory, by reinforcing any cases in which the origin must be indicated, and by specifying rules for information legibility as well as rules of fair practice regarding labeling, etc. This text also reinforces consumer safety by requiring allergen labeling for non-prepackaged food.
The U.S. is in the process of establishing its own changes to labeling laws. In February 2014, the FDA, whose mission includes protecting and promoting public health by supervising and regulating food safety, partnered with First Lady Michelle Obama and introduced the new proposed food labels.
The new labels are expected to establish common rules on food and beverage product information, helping consumers to make healthier choices within the broad range of options available in today's marketplace. A concerted effort has also been made to present information that reflects current trends. With larger portions the norm, the suggestion is to update calorie counts to account for today's “real life” servings. Other modifications include a clearer display of added sugars and other components such as vitamins and allergens.
This new labeling is part of a more general plan known as the FSMA. FSMA first discussions began in 2011 and are still on-going. In 2015, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration was allocated an additional $27.5 million for food safety activities, and, under the president's budget proposal for fiscal year 2016, the agency would get another $109.5 million to help implementing the act.